Thursday cable ratings: College football and NBA basketball dominate

Like many other nights this week, it was a sports-heavy edition of the Thursday cable ratings. ESPN led the night with its broadcast of the college football bowl game between Stanford and TCU scoring a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49. Meanwhile, the network’s broadcast of the earlier bowl game between Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State followed closely behind with a 1.0 and 4.32 million viewers. Some of the network’s other post coverage games landed several other spots throughout the night as well, with 0.5 – 0.3 ratings.

Additionally, TNT’s broadcast of the NBA basketball game between the Rockets and the Celtics rounded out the Top 3 of the night with a 0.6. On USA, “Damnation” managed to climb its way back into the Top 25 this week and held steady with yet another 0.2.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 9:00 PM 4,332 1.2
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 5:15 PM 4,321 1.0
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 8:14 PM 1,741 0.6
COLL FTBL SCORECARD ESPN 4:53 PM 2,123 0.5
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10:39 PM 1,313 0.5
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 1:30 PM 2,052 0.5
HOLIDAY BOWL L FOX SPORTS 8:59 PM 1,613 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:32 AM 1,231 0.4
NBA PRE-GAME SHOW TNT 8:00 PM 1,108 0.4
TOP CHEF BRAVO 10:00 PM 989 0.3
MOVIE NIGHT W/K KLOSS FREEFORM 6:30 PM 792 0.3
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,147 0.3
TAMARS TAKE WETV 10:01 PM 839 0.3
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 1:21 AM 667 0.3
TAMAR AND VINCE WETV 9:00 PM 798 0.3
PERFECT SUSPECT, THE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,264 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,508 0.3
OTL – FIRST REPORT ESPN 1:00 PM 673 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 579 0.3
NICK CANNON WILD N OUT MTV 11:00 PM 454 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 871 0.2
I CATFISHED MY KID TLC 10:00 PM 643 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2005 0.2
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:32 AM 512 0.2
DAMNATION USA 10:00 PM 671 0.2

 

Source: The Nielsen Company.